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Colonoscopy by Dr. Shuck in Chattanooga, TN

transverse colon

Colonoscopy

Colonoscopy is a safe, effective means of visually examining the full lining of the colon and rectum, using a long, flexible sterilized, tubular instrument. It is used to diagnose colon and rectal problems and to perform biopsies and remove colon and rectal polyps. Most colonoscopies are done under sedation on an outpatient basis with minimal inconvenience and discomfort.
A colonoscopy may be recommended if you have a change in bowel habit or bleeding, indicating a possible problem in the colon or rectum. It is also used to screen for colon cancer. It is recommended as a screening tool in adults, starting at age 50 in Caucasians and age 45 in African-Americans. Women who have a personal history of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, or uterine cancer should have a colonoscopy starting at age 40. If there is a family history of colon cancer or polyps, it may be recommended at an earlier age. It may be recommended for other chronic problems, including diverticulitis, colitis, Crohn╩╝s disease and fecal incontinence.